Productivity apps have been very popular in the Mac App Store ever since its inception. These apps are created to help you stay on top of things, so they are usually to-do organizers which are also implementing another prominent organizing-related feature, simply to be ready to compete with other apps. Probably the best known one is Evernote, which turns out to be a real productivity powerhouse which now has versions for every possible desktop and mobile operating system, and besides that it’s packed with lots of useful features.
Trying to enter the Mac App Store by designing a productivity application seems like a very serious and not that easy task. Competition is tough, some serious companies are trying to aggressively sell their applications, and prices are great for an end-user (which usually means it’s hard for a new developer to earn a profit). These are all reasons why I am always interested to review a new productivity app, which already received positive ratings and which is trying to offer something not seen before.
The application we’re going to talk about in this article is called NoteSuite, and it basically combines note taking system with a to-do organizer. It can be purchased for $5, which makes it very affordable, and there’s also an iPad version (priced at $2).
Once you open NoteSuite for the first time you’ll be pleasantly surprised with its interface. It’s fairly simple and very intuitive, so you’ll be ready to use it right from the start. You’ll see two main tabs named Notes and To-dos which feature similar interfaces. You’ll basically see a blank sheet of paper where you can enter all kinds of data, and there’s also a formatting bar, which is used to make your lists clear and nicely organized.
In order to get new notes into NoteSuite, you can use one of several ways. One of those is web clipping, which could be done using a web browser’s extension which will allow you to clip an article, a full page, or a certain selection. You can also add new notes through an e-mail which you’ll need to set up first, so that NoteSuite can retrieve information using the Get Mail option. Also, notes can be organized by using folders, lists, and tags. There’s also a standard search feature which works as expected.
Besides note taking, you can also use NoteSuite as a task manager. You’ll be able to enter new tasks and set due dates, additional notes or links to a file. These notes can be automatically organized according to their due dates, so you can easily use preloaded lists like Today, This Week, or Next, to review all those tasks. You can also set up your own lists and manage them manually.
NoteSuite doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking, but this is a very solid combination of a note taking app and a task manager. There are some annoyances like scaling bug, or some other features that you might expect like multiple task editing and similar. These bugs and annoyances leave a bad overall impression, so I really hope a new update will try to fix them.